Reaction: Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen in the SPL, McInnes “annoyed and frustrated”

Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen

Aberdeen were the first scalp in Celtic’s post Neil Lennon era.

The Dons succumbed 1-0 at Parkhead.

Celtic were managed for the first time by former player John Kennedy after Neil Lennon served his resignation on the back of the Hoops’ loss to Ross County last weekend.

Odsonne Édouard’s strike was the difference. The Frenchman’s shot was heavily deflected as it beat Joe Lewis on eight minutes. It was the Hoops striker’s 21st goal of the season.

Aberdeen could have gone ahead when Ash Taylor hit the post with a header after only five minutes. Straight after the chance Taylor drew a save from Scott Bain with another header from a corner.

Derek McInnes: “Thought the result was harsh for us. Players put so much into it. I am pleased with the level of performance. What we did not do well enough, we have to keep the ball better. There was too often balls went to the strikers and were not kept. I am frustrated and annoyed we did not get something from it.”
On Aberdeen again not scoring: “We have to take responsibility for it. Putting the ball over the line. I’m disappointed from that aspect.”
Celtic boss John Kennedy said to the BBC after the game: “We scored a good goal and had a few good chances. We knew Aberdeen would come after us and probably didn’t respond well enough. We gave the ball away too much in the second half in areas we shouldn’t and when the game is stretched it doesn’t suit us.”

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Today’s loss to Celtic isn’t completely devastating for the Dons’ chances of overhauling Hibs into third after the Hibees lost their first match after four straight wins.

Jack Ross’ side lost at home to Motherwell 2-0.

McInnes made one change to the side that beat Kilmarnock last weekend with the injured Fraser Hornby replaced by Jonny Hayes.

Hayes was a doubt with a hamstring injury but was past fit to play.

Niall McGinn kept his place in the side for a second game in a row after setting up the historic goal scored by Callum Hendry last weekend. McGinn had a chance midway through the second half but spurned the opportunity.

Last week’s goalscorer Hendry came off the bench for Dean Campbell with half an hour to play.

McInnes did say before the game that there’s a good chance Dons supporters will see Hornby in a red shirt again after the big striker injured his thigh in the win over Kilmarnock. Hornby is only at Pittodrie until the end of the season on loan from French side Reims.

The loss to Celtic means Aberdeen have still only picked up points in six of eleven matches this year – four of them being draws.

The Dons finally got over a dismal run of form that hadn’t seen them score in six games with a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock last weekend.

The loss leaves Aberdeen in fourth, four points behind Hibs and eight ahead of Livingston. Livi play St Johnstone in the League Cup final tomorrow.

Up Next: Hamilton, Home
Aberdeen’s next match is the Accies at Pittodrie, Saturday 6th March, KO 3pm.

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